living abroad as an Erasmus student, I wanted to spend my Master years doing the same. I found the MSc in biological sciences very intriguing, and having always wanted to visit Amsterdam, I took the chance and applied. That was without a doubt one of the best decisions of my life.
I am investigating the existence of a (cryptic) human oestrus period, a topic on the cutting edge of biological and sociological research. This reflects the amount of freedom I am allowed during my studies. As long as you work hard enough and arrange the practical matters yourself, the UvA is very open to whatever field you wish to pursue.
that the UvA has so many international students. Living in a so-called ‘expat-bubble’ is interesting and challenging for many reasons, one of them being the unique perspective life outside your own national context gives you. UvA has a great range of different locations for studying. I am very pleased that I have access to all of them, as my preference for an ideal place changes from day to day.
can be quite bad. My best tip: If you are staying for more than a year, find a group of students, go to an agency and they will hook you up with a nice affordable flat. Good places are out there!
is, alas, not over yet. I plan to do a 1-year MSc in Human Evolution and
Behaviour at the UCL in London.
I think that, combined with my experience at this research master, it will be an ideal backbone for my further academic career.